March 20, 2013

Hilderbrandt Sparks George Mason Past Liberty

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. – Six different Patriots scored Wednesday afternoon to lead the George Mason lacrosse team past Liberty 14-9 in non-conference action at George Mason Stadium. Allie Hilderbrandt led the scoring with four goals, while Katie Mascolo added three and a trio of players added two goals apiece.

As Hilderbrandt and Mascolo combined for seven of Mason's 14 goals, Caitlin Formato, Rachel Obregon and Kirstin Russell each registered two goals as Laura Lesky completed the scoring with one goal. Formato finished the game with two assists, while Lesky and Obregon each had one assist.

For the game, Mason, which improved to 4-4 with the win, outshot Liberty (33-24) as ground balls stood even at 17 and the Lady Flames narrowly won the edge in draw controls, 13-12. Formato caused three turnovers, while Obregon recorded two caused turnovers. Both Obregon and goalkeeper Caroline Brouse each picked up four ground balls. Brouse recorded her sixth win of the season playing 50 minutes in cage and made nine saves.

Liberty opened the scoring using a Morgan Becker tally at the 26:13 mark before Mason unloaded eight unanswered goals and kept the Lady Flames off the scoreboard 18 minutes to take an 8-1 advantage with 10:55 remaining in the first half. Five Patriots scored in the run fueled by two goals each from Hilderbrandt and Formato. Liberty closed the half converting a free position shot by Kacie Fogle for the halftime score of 8-2.

The Lady Flames continued their run into the second half scoring the first two goals of the period within the first five minutes, quickly trimming the score to 8-4. With her 17th goal of the season, Obregon pushed Mason back out with a five-goal cushion at 26:18, but Liberty responded with its third goal of the half less than a minute later for a 9-5 score.

HIlderbrandt ignited a 4-0 Mason run with two unanswered, finishing an Obregon feed on the second tally, as Mason regained a 13-5 advantage with 12:54 left to play. Liberty and Mason traded goals over the next two scores before the Lady Flames closed the game with three unanswered for the final 14-9 decision.

Mason continues this five-game homestand welcoming High Point to George Mason Stadium on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m.

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